The Week in Culture: June 2 - June 9
Careful, he's got a gun.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has organized an exhibition of opening title sequences from decades of James Bond movies. Yes, they're beautiful, but it's worrying to think that curators might simply be grown up 12-year-old boys.
As if to prove art is a self-sustaining morass, Portrait of a Generation rolled into New York's The Hole on Thursday, a group show of artist's portraits of other artists. The 100-person list includes Brian Kenney, Slava Mogutin, Bruce High Quality, Lola Schnabel, Dustin Yellin, Ryan McGinley, Scott Hug, Bruce LaBruce, Terence Koh, Glenn O'Brien, Yoko Ono and McDermott & McGough. Wait, which generation are we talking about?
Those who rub up against the fair use question lost a little more sleep this week. The Courthouse News reported that a federal judge certified a class action suit against Google that includes a complaint by the American Society of Media Photographers about copyright infringement during Google's digitization of millions of books.
New York's favorite hometown risk-takers, the Abrons Arts Center, kicked off its Queer New York International Arts Festival, co-curated by Zvonimir Dobrović, of the Perforations Festival in Croatia, and art historian André von Ah. It's likely to be a challenging if not somewhat demented eye-opener, and includes artists from Japan, Macedonia, Serbia, France, Italy, and Argentina. Happy Pride.
Artist Jessica Stockholder painted the town - well, Chicago - with a series of Constructivist color field installations that wrapped a downtown traffic intersection and the surrounding buildings in lime, orange, and turquoise. Color Jam is the sort of intervention people outside the art world dream about: art that brightens the world around them, and doesn't cost anything to see.
Fashion and art are in a cultural noose that continues to draw creepily tighter, Miuccia Prada is underwriting Dia's restoration of Walter De Maria's earthwork, Lightning Field, which has been turning into a quiet ruin in the New Mexican desert. Larry Gagosian put her up to it, and according to the Times the pitch went something like this: Lightning Field is "a 21st-century Mount Rushmore." Really?
Sorry, not done with that noose yet. If you think fame and fashion are the perfect summer blender drink, and are dying to see Elle Fanning in Chanel, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited, the exhibition version of the book collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and former French Vogue ed-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, is on view starting 6/8 at the 18 Wooster Street Chanel.
And finally, for the record: no matter what anyone says, dead cat helicopter, completely not funny.
|Chanel: The Little Black Jacket Photo Shoot with Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld|
|1964 - James Bond - Goldf1964 - James Bond - Goldfinger: title sequenceinger: title sequence|
Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On FashionMiuccia Prada